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Things we don't think about when we think about PORN

By Steve Korver Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 19:34
Safety goggles … Business models … Sound effects … Social cosiness … Straight men taking 10-inch penises … Sustainability …

Think of the children. Invest in PORN research.

In ‘Pornography (1): A user’s manual’, the question is asked: “Hardcore, abundant and free: what is online pornography doing to sexual tastes – and youngsters’ minds?”

“Some fear that users of online PORN who start with vanilla fare will click through to more outré stuff and develop a taste for it. This could, conceivably, be a danger for adolescents. But adults’ tastes seem to be pretty fixed – and quite mundane.”

Some studies suggest that young people can be negatively influenced by PORN – “in particular by creating unrealistic beliefs about sex.”

But others believe that the only common effect of PORN “is a tendency to watch a bit less television”.

The truth is we don’t know how bad PORN is because of a lack of relevant research. Potential funders “are often reluctant to touch sexual topics, let alone PORN.”

What are they scared of?

Entrepreneurs, take notes!

In ‘Pornography (2): Naked capitalism’, we learn about PORN business models and how PORN has always been at the cutting-edge of new media technologies.

Cave paintings? PORN.

The rise of photography and film? PORN.

Online payment systems? PORN.

Individualised marketing? PORN.

Social media? PORN.

Virtual reality? PORN.

PORN. PORN. PORN. PORN. PORN. PORN… But does PORN ever get any credit? No, not really.

Meanwhile more traditional industries just reap the benefits from a world where “market forces reign” and “anything goes, everything is tried, and quickly copied if it turns out to work.”

Sounds familiar. Sounds hot.

Job satisfaction

“Grant Meyers is a Foley artist (someone who recreates the ambient sounds in film) for PORN movies. He LOVES it. He is a goddamn inspiration to us all. I wish I could be half as happy doing my work,” writes ‘A porn sound guy shows us the true meaning of happiness’.

Sure, the short film is pure fiction. But it’s also heart-warming and hilarious. And indeed, few things are more inspiring than witnessing someone who is obsessively passionate about their work.

“Don't get me wrong – visuals are important in erotica – but the true activity is on the aural level,” says Meyers before returning to playing bongos with deli meat.

The social cosiness of PORN sets

Another heart-warming PORN story: ‘Sophie Ebrard spent four years taking behind-the-scenes photos of porn shoots’.

It’s a world where “DP” is not the “Director of Photography” but rather “Double Penetration”.

“What really struck me was how normal these actors actually were. They’re just normal people doing their job. A lot of people have very strong opinions about the PORN industry, like [that] it’s a form of modern slavery, but for the girls and guys that I’ve met, it was just their professions,” says the photographer who admits the films were from the posh end of the PORN spectrum.

“You eat together, you share a room, you become friends. That, in the end, is what I hope that these photographs communicate: the idea that even something like PORN, when done professionally, can be beautiful and authentic.”

10-inch-plus

Meanwhile on an edgier PORN film set: gay-for-pay PORN star Chris Tyler is asked what the hardest part of his job is.

His answer: “Taking a 10-inch-plus dick.”

But he’s making plenty of cash, according to ‘These male porn stars are straight – but they have sex with men for a living’.

Of course it’s also possible that Chris is just a teeny-weeny bit fluid in his orientation.

But why are websites such as ‘Broke Straight Boys’ so popular?

“It’s a mix of hot man lust and unattainability,” one gay man theorises. “It’s like straight guys’ obsession with girl-on-girl action, but in reverse.”

Safety first

“California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health has issued a set of safety standards for all California PORN production sets. The 21-page standards presentation (PDF) goes into graphic detail about the safety precautions that are to be undertaken when adult video actors perform various acts,” according to ‘Porn actors must wear protective goggles during shoots: California safety standard’.

One of the recommendations is that PORN actors should wear goggles to protect their eyes from any contaminated spray.

So does this mean that PORN will only be able to serve a niche market of people who have a goggle fetish?

Or does it mean that all our children will grow up to have a goggle fetish?

How sustainable would either scenario be?

 

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